As America’s only island state, Hawaii is marked with a lush landscape, a mild climate and many animal species that are entirely unique to the islands. Hawaii consists of eight major islands that were formed by volcanic activity centuries ago. For many years, Hawaii was the home of profitable sugar and pineapple exports; today, the island’s economy relies on a steady influx of tourists. Beyond the state’s natural attractions, Hawaii is also home to cultural experiences, including musical festivals, art shows and much more.
- work P.O. Box 8494 Honolulu, HI 96830 Map It in Honolulu, HI
This extravagant weekend May event not only celebrates the cultures and heritage of the islands, but also invites people from Alaska and as far away as Okinawa to share traditions with locals and visitors. Athletes, dancers, musicians and other artists demonstrate their talents and traditions through arts and crafts, food, music and live demonstrations. All people representing the Asia-Pacific region come to learn about and share each other's customs, history and traditions. The festivities also include a Grand Parade through Waikiki.
The week long event takes place during April and was created in commemoration of King David Kalakaua who believed in perpetuating native island arts, language and traditions. Part of the celebration evolves around the traditional hula dance. During the week, locals and guests alike have the chance to watch dancers perform the beautiful and ages old art of ex<x>pression. Other festivities include a hula competition, arts and crafts displays and offerings of islands foods. The event culminates in a grand parade down main street.
- Sangha Hall 398 Kilauea Avenue Hilo, HI 96720 in Hilo, HI
Islanders come together for a three day weekend each April for the purpose of celebrating the culture and heritage of all the islands in addition to the beauty of the location. Over 100 artisans offer demonstrations and present their crafts, food vendors provide a host of native cuisine and live performances entertain audiences young and old. During the event, prizes are awarded every hour. For a true taste of Polynesian culture, this is a must see event.
- Hana Ballpark Hana, HI 96713 in Hana, HI
Every April, for two days, the community gathers and commemorates the taro crop, considered one of the most important island foods. Guests in attendance have the chance to enjoy a traditional taro pancake breakfast followed by various activities that include art exhibits, farmer's markets, food booths and cuisine demonstrations. Learn the art of Poi making, sit in on a lecture and enjoy the music and dancing provided at multiple Hana locations.
- Honolulu, Hawaii in Honolulu, HI
In an effort to introduce opera to the masses, the local theater hosts this four-week event that begins each January and features three different operas for the enjoyment of the public. Performers, designers and other members that comprise the company arrive from Asia, Europe and across the U.S. to create the sensational presentations.
- Honolulu, Hawaii in Honolulu, HI
Held over a weekend each June, the event attracts dancers from the islands, across the United States and Japan who compete in contemporary and traditional styles of the hula dance. Participants of all ages enter the event, which offers categories for men, women, senior citizens and children. Hundreds of dancers perform while accompanied by some of the finest musicians on the islands.